Letters Extra : Health care for children

16th July 2004 at 01:00
The duty of care owed to children by schools should be extended to their diet. Young children should not be given the freedom to eat too much fat, salt and sugar just because the damage done to their health is not immediately apparent.

There should be a total ban on advertising unhealthy food directed at children, and machines vending fizzy drinks and unhealthy foods should be removed immediately from all schools.

Commercial schemes that encourage children to eat unhealthy food to obtain "benefits" for their schools should also be outlawed.

Litigation on behalf of children whose health and life chances have been ruined by obesity might be more effective than the course of exhortation currently being pursued by the Government.
Martin Rathfelder
Development Director
Socialist Health Association
Manchester

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